Botanic Farm Korean Skincare Review

Memebox sent me a few products to review from one of their new brands- Botanic Farms. My skin has been looking rough lately, so this was very exciting!

I received two sheet masks, a sleeping pack and a multi-step blackhead clearing strip set. Let’s check them out.

The first product I tried was the Natural Energy Kiwi Sheet Mask ($2). This was a pretty standard white sheet mask like you’ve seen me wear a few times on this blog before. I love using these for a quick, intensive boost whenever I feel like my skin is dull and tired. My skin felt moisturized and fresh afterward.

Botanic Farm Natural Energy Kiwi Sheet MaskNatural Energy Kiwi Sheet Mask Review

A few days after that I was ready to try the Polar Energy Hydrogel Mask Pack (Syn-Ake) ($4).

If the first sheet mask was sort of entry level, this one was advanced. It had a jelly-like plastic feel too it and a cool webbed effect like snake skin (attention to detail!). It was meant to promote skin cell regeneration, much like the way a snake sheds its skin (and was not infused with synthetic snake venom as I initially suspected  from the packaging). There was limited English on the packaging, so I did my best with guessing which side to stick to my skin (I went with the plasticy side that seemed more clingy) and left it on for at least 20 minutes.

Botanic Farm Polar Energy Hydrogel Snake Mask Pack Review Polar Energy Hydrogel Mask Pack Syn-Ake Review

This one looked pretty scary (in fact I had to announce I was wearing it from behind a closed door before I saw my husband so he wouldn’t freak out) but it wore pretty comfortably. I must say, I could feel real results immediately after! My skin felt smoother and more taut.

Polar Energy Hydrogel Mask Pack Syn-Ake Polar Energy Hydrogel Snake Mask Pack
Yikes! Sometimes looking good requires looking scary for a little while first.

The Black Soybean Milk Pudding Sleeping Pack ($25) was crazy! It had a thick, gelatinous texture that didn’t want to smooth out at first. However, after massaging the almost chunky jelly on my face for a few seconds, it melted into a more easily applied gel. Even then it was still so thick that it couldn’t fully absorb, more like a slimy version of a mud mask. I just ended up swirling it around on my face for a while which was oddly therapeutic.

Botanic Farm Black Soybean Milk Pudding Sleeping Pack review

What also mystified me about this stuff was the way that the remaining product reformed itself back into a flat surface while I was applying the product. Using this stuff felt like a science experiment (and I’m into that).

Black Soybean Milk Pudding Sleeping PackBlack Soybean Milk Pudding Sleeping Pack texture
Like it never even happened!

Black Soybean Milk Pudding Sleeping Pack application
Will it absorb?
Black Soybean Milk Pudding Sleeping Pack review

What’s up, slimeface?

I can see why this is for sleeping in since it stays slimy for a while, but it did absorb ever-so-slowly over the course of the night. When I woke up, that seemingly impenetrable layer of gel had sunken into my skin, leaving only a faint film behind. My skin felt awesome and so plump and smooth. This stuff is great!

Finally we have the Egg Clear Black Head 3-Step Nose Pack ($3). This is like the ultimate warrior edition of your OG Biore strips.

Botanic Farm Egg Clear Black Head 3-Step Nose Pack

This was an excellent product for me to try because I have both (ahem) a lot of real estate to try the product on and I have gross clogged pores and blackheads on my nose that I can never get rid of with standard strips.

Step 1 involves a pre-soaked thick tissue material that you apply to your nose. It’s so thick that I thought it was two pieces, but no. It’s pretty comfortable to wear, although it does sort of look like surgical dressing for a nose job.

Egg Clear Black Head 3-Step Nose Pack step 1 sheet Egg Clear Black Head 3-Step Nose Pack step 1

Step 2 is a little closer to the kind of strip you may be used to, albeit much higher quality. You wet your nose to use it, then peel it off a plastic sheet and it sticks right on. It’s much less messy and much easier to use effectively than a traditional American strip. It has more of a cottony feel and it also has little snips around its edges to help it conform to you nose better rather than leaving those annoying air bubbles underneath. Leave this on for 10-15 minutes.

Egg Clear Black Head 3-Step Nose Pack step 2 sheet Egg Clear Black Head 3-Step Nose Pack step 2

I thought about showing you the used strip and decided against it. You’re welcome. It was pretty gross, but also satisfying. Way more pore-clearage than a Biore.

Step 3 is a transparent gel strip covered in essence. This only needs to stay on for 5-10 minutes to help the essence soak in before you peel off.

Egg Clear Black Head 3-Step Nose Pack step 3 sheet Egg Clear Black Head 3-Step Nose Pack step 3

And ta-da! There are still clogged pores on the bridge of my nose, but the sides are significantly clearer. I wonder if I could get 100% clear if I do these more regularly?

Enjoy a before (above) and after (below) of my nose pores. I know that’s kind of gross.before pore cleansing after pore cleansing
Can’t argue with results, though.

And that’s it! Botanic Farm has been good to me. My skin is feeling very soft this week.


Pony 3 Eyeshadow Palette and Lipstick Review

Hi friends! I’ve got a new Memebox product that was sent for me to review. This time it’s the latest collaboration between Memebox and amazing Korean makeup artist and blogger PONY. They’ve collaborated several times in the past, and this iteration is called “Shine Easy Glam 3,” AKA Pony 3, and the collection is inspired by spring flowers. I was sent the “Brown Bloom” Eyeshadow Quad ($18) and “Orange Dahlia” Lipstick ($12).

First of all, I was immediately taken in by the packaging.

Pony 3 shine easy glam collection review

The boxes are so cute, and the holograph lettering on solid white and gold cases for the makeup feel simultaneously edgy and luxe. Both products have a nice weight to them and they seem higher-end than the price would suggest.

pony 3 lipstick orange dahlia
pony 3 holographic compact
 Pony Shine Easy Glam 3pony 3 brown bloom eye shadow quad  packaging

Minus the hologram, it makes me think a little of Tom Ford cosmetic packaging- not that I can afford anything by Tom Ford.

I was a little surprised at how glittery the eyeshadows themselves were. The color pairings are nice and they all complement each other, but I was expecting a more matte definition color instead of the very shimmery dark brown in the eyeshadow quad. They are beautiful though, aren’t they?

pony 3 brown bloom eyeshadow quad  shades

When swatched, I found the two light shades to both be fairly sheer while the orange and brown shades were much more heavily pigmented.

pony 3 brown bloom eyeshadow quad swatches

At first I didn’t know what to make of that glittery beige shade because it’s sheer, but incredibly sparkly. It quickly became my favorite of the bunch because I realized I could use it to transform other shades. I tried wearing all kinds of eye looks and tapping that shade lightly on the center of my upper eyelid for a glistening effect (it looked extra good on a smoky eye). Of course I took no pictures of these experiments (vacation life), but I’m sure there will be future posts using the shadow that way.

One problem I noticed was a lot of glitter fallout on my cheeks after applying these shadows (mainly the sparkling beige and the peachy orange), but I corrected this by applying my eyes before my concealer/foundation/whatever so I could dab the glitter off my cheeks with makeup remover without destroying anything. This worked well for me and I didn’t experience any additional fallout after the initial application.

I’ve included a couple shots of the shades in action, but I’m afraid these pictures don’t do them justice since I was working with some pretty bad lighting while I was out of town. The real thing was much prettier (and more pigmented), but at least you can see that the shades blended well together! The glitter was so fine that it blended into a really nice liquid looking sheen that I always loooooove.

retro sixties glam cat eye with memebox cosmetics
You can sort of see the shimmer here:
pony 3 memebox brown bloom eyeshadow look

Overall, I thought this eyeshadow palette was a great value and glitteryness made it a bit different than other similar comparable American palettes. The matte beige shadow was lacking a bit in pigmentation, but it still worked well as a base color and blending tone, so I didn’t mind.

As for the lipstick, this stuff blew me away! I’ve noticed with a lot of the makeup I get from Memebox that the eyeshadows are good, but the lip products are GREAT. This $12 lipstick was as creamy and moisturizing and opaque as something at least twice as much.

pony 3 lipstick orange dahlia swatch pony 3 lipstick orange dahlia swatched on lips

and finally we have a couple full face shots for the complete look!

pony 3 memebox brown bloom orange dahlia look pony 3 memebox brown bloom orange dahlia  makeup review
All in all a great addition to my spring makeup collection!

Nylon 16th Anniversary It Girl Palette Review

Memebox sent me the Nylon x Memebox XO #ItGirlPalette ($29) to review. This palette was created by Nylon Magazine in honor of their 16th anniversary and it’s definitely party girl oriented. It’s very sleek and minimal, and much like the Soothing Sista palette, it was smaller than I expected, but it makes the most of its diminutive size. It includes a decent sized blush and highlighter, six eyeshadows, a pretty big mirror and a double-sided brush/spongetip applicator with a surprisingly soft brush.

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The shade names are kind of hilarious. Each one is based off a different celebrity scene queen, and all of the colors make sense for their namesake personality, especially the matte white “LiLo” shadow (see what they did there?).

Shade names, L-R:
The Moment highlighter, LiLo, Mary-Kate, Mischa, Sweet 16 blush, Lana, Paris, Nicole.
nylon xo memebox face palette shades

There is also a really intense hot pink blush and a really sparkly highlighter. I was pretty scared of both of them (although they actually worked out just fine with a light touch).

I was a little disapointed with the initial swatches. These are not swatched over primer, but the color payoff was ok but kind of dull for most of them.
nylon xo memebox sweet 16 swatches

Luckily, they fared a lot better once I applied them to my eyes over primer! I had a lot of fun playing with these shades and they work well separately or together. I have prepared two looks for you using all of the shades.

First we have the “good girl” look in gold. I used the Lana and Mary-Kate shades on the lid, Nicole in the crease and Lilo on browbones. I also used a small amount of the blush and highlighter on my cheeks and was pleased with how wearable they actually were.
nylon xo memebox face palette gold look golden bronze eyeshadow look

Next is the “bad girl” look in red. I have Paris on the lid, Mischa blended heavily from the outer corner and lower lashline, The Moment highlighter in the inner corner, Sweet 16 blush blended into the crease for a halo effect and LiLo on the browbone.
nylon xo memebox sweet 16 eyeshadow look red and pink eyeshadow red fuschia eye makeup look

All in all, I was very pleased with the palette and since it is so tiny, I think it would be great for travel or for stashing at your desk. When packed with an eye primer, mascara and a blush brush, this kit has everything else you need for a weekend trip!

SoothingSista XO Memebox #EyeLove SF Eyeshadow Quad Review

Memebox sent me the Soothing Sista XO Memebox #EyeLove SF Eyeshadow Quad for review. It came in a few days ago, and now that I’ve had time to play with it I’d like to share my thoughts with you!

soothing sista xo memebox eyelove eyeshadow quad

The quad itself was surprisingly small (fits in the palm of my hand), but I was happy to see that the shadows inside were actually pretty large. It’s sturdy with a nice mirror and since it’s small it should travel well in lots of different bags.
soothing sista xo memebox rose gold marsala eye shadow palette

The individual shadows are each about the size of a quarter.
soothingsista x memebox palette scale

There are two matte taupe shades, a rose gold glitter and a maroon shimmer shadow. The shadows are all warm toned and all of the shadows work individually or in any combination together. The rosiness of it skews it toward Marsala, this year’s Pantone color of the year, and the formula feels smooth and silky. The two matte shades are a little close in tone to each other, but as you can see in the eye looks below, they are distinct once applied. The pink glitter was sheerer than I expected, but that works to its advantage when used as an accent color and it goes on more intense when wet. The colors can be both playful or sophisticated and the palette is extremely versatile and easy to use.

soothingsista x memebox palette colors

Swatched L-R: Bae Area, Sutro, Valencia, Candy Rain.

soothingsista xo memebox palette eyeshadow swatches

These shades really reminded me of the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette, so I decided to do some side-by-side comparison swatches to see if they are true duplicates.

Here are my swatches of the SoothingSista #EyeLove shades on top and Urban Decay Naked 3 shades on the bottom:

soothingsista palette ud naked 3 dupe shades swatches

As you can see, none of the shades are exact dupes, but they’re similar. The pigmentation of the matte shades isn’t as intense as the Naked 3 shades, but I actually like the Memebox shimmer shades better than the UD shades. The tones of the shimmer colors are better and there’s less fallout. So while this isn’t a replacement for my Naked 3 palette, it’s a really excellent compact travel version and it’s only $17 instead of $52.

But I digress. Let’s see the shadows in action! Here are three of many possible looks using these shadows:

Using both shimmer shades (Bae Area was applied wet):
shimmer eye look soothingsista shadow quad

Using only the two matte shades for a traditional contour look:
matte eye look soothingsista shadow quad

And finally, all four shades together with Sutro as a base shade, Valencia in the crease, Candy Rain in the outer corner and Bae Area blended lightly into the inner corner:full eye look soothingsista shadow quad

I found the shadows very versatile and flattering, and I think they’re mix-and-matchable enough to be easy for people of all skills levels to use. No intimidating color combinations, but they’re not boring, either. Way to go, SoothingSista! Now can I have your blue ombre hair?

Korean Highlighter Stick and Tinted Sheer Lipstick Review

Hi guys, I’m back again!

So a very long time ago Memebox kindly sent me two more of their awesome K-Beauty products for me to review and I went out of town and lost track of things. I feel really bad about it, but here is the long overdue review!

First we have the VirginKiss Tinted Lip by Clio. This is essentially like the texture of one of those lipstain pencils if you’re familiar with them, but in lipstick form (which is kind of more convenient, IMO since the pencils seem overly large).

clio virgin kiss tinted lipstick coral clio virginkiss tinted lip orange lipstain

This shade is an extremely bold orange-coral and it’s a nice balance between bold color and sheer coverage. The color is somehow vibrant and sheer at the same time. It goes on very bright right away, and no amount of layering seems to change the look. What I mean is you can layer and layer it on and it never cakes up, it just keeps the exact same consistency and shade. It feels like it’s just integrating into your lips somehow. It’s not creamy like a lipstick, it’s more of a solid stain product. It almost feels like nothing is transfering to your lips, yet it leaves a bright, long lasting stain behind. I think it’s pretty cool!

clio virginkiss tinted lip orange lipstain swatch

Next is the PeriPera Heart Glow Stick which is a golden cream highlighter in stick form.

peripera heart glow gold cream highlighter

I’m not sure if this shade will work on all complexions, but for warm to neutral complexions it blends in really well. I was scared about how intense it looks in the stick, but it sheers out nicely! I was impressed with the construction of the product because the stick itself seems really sturdy and has a second cap that you have to pull off after you take off the outer cap, which keeps it extra airtight so it won’t dry out on you. That seems very thoughtfully designed, right? I’ve been getting a lot of use out of this lately when I need to perk up my complexion on the way out the door! Sometimes a quick fix makes a big difference.

Here’s a swatch of it before blending, next to the VirginKiss swatch:

memebox heart glow stick virgin kiss swatches

I would have posted a picture of it sheered out the way you’d actually wear it, but it’s subtle enough that it wasn’t picking up for my camera. Which is how I like my makeup to act.

And check out this packaging. Outrageously cute, right?

peripera heart glow stick gold highlighter peripera heart glow stick gold cream highlighter

If you’re interested in checking either of these out, Membox has a code right now for 15% off your first purchase! Enter “WELCOME” at checkout.

So hopefully I’ll get back into blogging more regularly soon! I need hobbies outside of doing law related stuff or I will go crazy. I also have a few more old backlogged reviews that will hopefully be coming up this week. Talk soon! 🙂

Memebox Special #34 Whole Grains 2

Memebox sent me the Special Box #34 (Whole Grains 2) for review. It’s interesting how each set of moisturizers Memebox sends has a slightly different effect. While some of the other boxes left my thick, this one made it feel exceptionally smooth and made a big difference in my pores. It had a variety of product types, too, so it wasn’t all just moisturizers.

memebox whole grains

Tosowoong Timeshift Emulsion ($34).

tosowoong timeshift emulsion tosowoong timeshift emulsion texture

Oh, I love this stuff. It comes in a very heavy, luxurious glass bottle and it just melts into the skin beautifully. The texture is a bit thin and it’s sort of a cream-serum hybrid, but it does spread well over the skin and gives a nice refreshed feeling right away. This was my favorite from the box, followed closely by…

Osho Multi-Functional Whitening Cream ($34).

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I was really scared about the whitening cream at first, because I’m already pale enough as it is. Some online research informed me that this cream actually evens skintone out rather than full-on bleaching, so I gave it a try. I was really intrigued by the crazy pearl packaging and the little caviar spoon they provide to measure out your product and was excited that I’d get to use it after all.

Once I tried it, I really like it! I think it improved my skintone a bit and added some luminosity, and when combined with the Timeshift Emulsion it made my skin feel sooooo soft and smooth. It made a huge difference in my pores as well! I tried experimenting with only using this product or the emulsion on a given night to see if one of them was responsible for my skin’s improvement, but I got the best results when I used them both together. I liked this so much more than I thought I would, it’s the sleeper hit of the bunch.

Be forewarned, if you put too much on you’ll look like a vampire (at least before it soaks in or washes off).

osho multi function whitening cream on skin
Spooky ghost!

echoice Wash Oatmeal Body Scrub ($5).

echoice wash oatmeal body scrub

This body wash has tiny little particles that feel like small grains of sand, but it was much gentler than I expected. This is a gentle exfoliator that would be fine on sensitive skin or for every day use (a harsher scrub could only be used every few days).

Seven DIAS Medi anti blemish serum ($29).

seven dias medi anti blemish serum packaging seven dias medi anti blemish serum texture

This stuff seemed pretty powerful and did seem to help with the mild acne flareups I’ve been having lately. It didn’t dry me out, and I’m really happy with the size of the tube.

Young Face Nuruk Natural Mask and Scrub ($5).

young face nuruk natural mask and scrub

This mask has to be combined with various food ingredients (milk, honey or yogurt) and to be used and refrigerated after use. Every time I want to use it, I realize I don’t have the ingredients. 😦 This product is still untested because I’m not ready for this level of complexity in my beauty routine.

Young Face Natural Soap ($12).

youngface natural soap

This soap was very gentle and seems to be a skin-cleansing soap only rather than a typical cleanser. What I mean is that it couldn’t remove my makeup and I had to wash my face first with a stronger cleanser, then used this afterward. That seems pretty high maintenance, but it did feel very gentle and moisturizing on my face. It’s probably not something I would buy again, but I’ll keep using it since I have it.

And that’s it for this box. This was mostly a hit, and as usual the value of the products far exceeds the price of the box.

All New Liquid Lip Tint by Memebox!

This is extra exciting! In addition to curating a variety of fun K-Beauty products, Memebox has created their first line of cosmetics in partnership with RE:CIPE. Memebox has provided this “Time on My Lip” liquid lip tint in Awesome Pink free for me to review, but as always, all opinions are my own.

memebox time on my lip lip stain review

This product line launches October 23rd and will retail for $12, although there’s a special deal if you sign up on their website in advance. This is paraben-free, and promises a buildable, “gradient” tint. It’s designed to be layered, and Memebox recommends dabbing lightly for a tint, applying a full coat for a shiny gloss, and layering on a second coat for an opaque lipstick effect. Memebox also suggests switching it up by blotting down the opaque, glossy finish for a lasting matte lip.

So I tried each of these methods and I LOVE IT. I’m not just saying this, check out the swatched pictures:

1. The light stain

korean makeup time on my lip pink lip stain

2. Sheer and glossy

memebox time on my lip lipgloss swatch

3. Fully opaque and shiny

korean liquid lipstick time on my lip

4. Opaque but blotted

memebox time on my lip lip tint blotted

Am I right? It’s so pretty! It’s also very moisturizing and smooth. You can probably see how the lines in my lips smooth out as I build the coverage. It’s very even-looking and easy to apply. I didn’t notice much of a scent, although it has a really mild “makeup” taste if you lick your lips.

The packaging has a nice weight to it and the lip logo on the front is clear so you can see the product inside. I also noticed that the color is the exact color of the Memebox box. Cuuuute.

memebox time on my lip lip stain packaging memebox time on my lip lipgloss packaging

So I’m a fan! I can see myself buying additional colors when the full line comes out on Thursday.